Postcards From Places That Don’t Exist

iMusicate finds out more about this UK 5-piece.

Postcards From Places That Don’t Exist are a perfect band for the IPO Festival in Liverpool. We were able to talk to lead singer James Styring before their visit.

Who are you and how did you come about? We are a Lincoln (UK) based five-piece, original beat/rock ‘n’ roll band with some country and folk in there too. Our complete band line-up is comprised of James Styring on vocals, Col Lewis on bass guitar/backing vocals, George Duffy on rhythm guitar/backing vocals, Nick Ricketts on lead guitar and Rick Laws on drums/backing vocals.

We are all well-known names on the Lincoln music scene, coming together through a love of rock ‘n’ roll. I am the chief songwriter, though I co-write a lot with Col. Col is a session bass player and solo artist in his own right. George has toured supporting, among others, The Merseybeats, The Searchers and Herman’s Hermits. Nick is a singer/songwriter. Rick plays with one of the UK’s top Elvis tribute bands. I am lucky to have them in the band.

What’s the reason behind your name? The ‘postcards’ are memories. Or songs. Or photograph albums. Something that takes you back to a point in time, that no longer exists.

Either that or a great way of getting two lines on the official IPO t-shirt… ;

Describe your sound and indicate any influences. We are inspired by the pioneers of early rock ‘n’ roll. The Wild (North) West of England. Liverpool and Merseybeat.

We are influenced by artists such as Buddy Holly, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Lennon and McCartney and Hank Williams.

What are your releases to date? All of our songs are available to purchase from our Reverb Nation Store and Band Camp Store and we have a CD single “Bones O’ Me/Girl Oh Why” available at our gigs, recorded in Liverpool with top producer, Fran Ashcroft. He worked with the original Quarrymen and he captured our raw Merseybeat sound. All on authentic 60′s reel to reel…

And we’re looking to have an album out, through KoolKatMusik, later in the year.

Which debut album do you wish you had written? It would have to be, ‘Please Please Me’ by The Beatles. It really set the bar, not only for bands and musicians, but for anyone involved in the recording of rock ‘n’ roll music.

This isn’t the first time you’ve appeared at the Liverpool leg of the IPO Festival, is it? This will be our fourth year performing at IPO Liverpool. We play The Cavern Pub on Wednesday, May 16th at 5:45pm and The Cavern Club (Front Stage) at 8pm the same evening. IPO is an American music festival that tours the world featuring some of the finest signed and unsigned bands around. It stops off in Liverpool mid to late May every year and really is the highlight of our gigging calendar.

We have also been invited to play at one of Lincoln’s most prestigious venues The Drill Hall on Tuesday, May 22nd, as part of their ‘Love Me Do – Beatles Night’ – a celebration of 50 years since the release of ‘Love Me Do’ with a line-up of musicians and bands performing cover versions of songs by The Beatles. It is our home city, so it will be fun!

If you could choose a band/artist to support you, who would it be and why? As for a support band…we have already played with them. Mike Badger and the Shady Trio. Mike is the co-founder of the La’s. Though we opened for those fellas…

What’s your favourite album at the moment? I am currently listening to the new Cast album, ‘Troubled Times’. Good to have them back and on great form. And I have been re-visiting George Harrison’s solo albums – ‘Living In The Material World’ is on the player at the moment and Hank Williams’ ‘Essential Collection’ is never far away…

Name an ALBUM, an ARTIST and a SONG and tell us why you thought of them in particular. Johnny Cash – The Sun Recordings. How it all began. The birth of a legend…

The La’s. I am listening to their album right now. Perfect! Wish Lee would write some more tunes for a follow up…

“Shakin’ All Over” by Johnny Kidd & The Pirates. First rock ‘n’ roll song I ever heard from my parents’ record collection. It is still a classic track and we have been known to cover it.

Which do you choose and why?

-Fanbase or Record label? Fanbase. Without the fans there would be little point in having a record label to release the songs. The fans are everything.

- Twitter, MySpace or Facebook? Facebook. Perfect way to promote your music, gigs etc…Instantly connected to like-minded music lovers, musicians and venues.

- mp3, cd or vinyl? mp3. I guess this is the way to send music these days, but there is still something magical about the old vinyl records. The artwork. The static crackling. The smell…

- Recording studio or live performances? Live Performance – Without doubt. It is why we do what we do. To be in front of an audience that are really into what you are doing. The instant feedback. The communication. The connection. Rock ‘n’ roll needs that human interaction.

Tell us about your objectives/prospects for next 12 months? As previously mentioned, we are looking forward to performing at The Cavern Club in Liverpool on May 16th and performing at The Drill Hall in Lincoln on May 22nd. And myself and Col are currently writing the songs for a new album, we hope to have recorded and available later in the year…

Thanks a lot! Thank you!

You can keep up-to-date with the band’s news at the following sites:

Facebook · Reverb Nation · Bandcamp

You can also read about other bands who will play at IPO, on the festival’s official website our IPO tag.